Association Forum Announces the 2023 Class of Forty Under 40® 

Association Forum is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Forty Under 40 Program.

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CHICAGO (October 11, 2023) — Association Forum is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Forty Under 40 Program. The recognized individuals represent the nation’s top 40 professionals from across the association and nonprofit industries. Association Forum received a record number of applicants this year. The review and selection process were completed by the Awards and Recognition Committee. 

Recipients were selected based on their extraordinary career accomplishments, commitment to the industry, and their continued pursuit to advance the professional practice of association management. 

“Association Forum is delighted to introduce this year’s cohort of changemakers. This gifted group is a profound source of inspiration for our entire community. These leaders embody the principles of new power leadership by demonstrating their unwavering dedication to using intrapreneurial energy to explore and embrace innovation within the industry,” says Artesha Moore, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO of Association Forum. 

The Forty Under 40 Program is an opportunity to honor and celebrate stellar individuals whose notable endeavors (before turning 40) have had an impact within the association management community.  

The Forty Under 40 recipients will be celebrated during Holiday Showcase® 2023 Incubate on November 29–30, 2023, at the Hilton Chicago. Furthermore, the recipients will be featured in the spring 2024 issue of FORUM Magazine.  

Please join us in congratulating the following Forty Under 40 recipients:  

2023 Forty Under 40 Recipients

Dana Anaman, MBA, CAE, CPIA 
National Association of Professional Insurance Agents 

Christopher Beaman, CAE 
Sigma Foundation for Nursing  

Alicia Belcaster, MS 
Emergency Nurses Association 

Maura Biszewski  
American Osteopathic Association 

Genevieve Borello, CAE, MPA 
American Bar Association, Section of Taxation 
Charles Bowen, CAE 
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute 

Rebecca Bowen, MA, CCC-SLP, PNAP 
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 

Ally Brown, MS 
Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine  

Stephanie Bruno, CAE 
Stringfellow Management Group 

Sara Bustard, CAE 
Membership Consultant 

Jason Cohen, MPP 

Michael Cowden 

Emily Fekete, Ph.D. 
American Association of Geographers  

Kara Ferguson, MSHTM, CMP, DES, HMCC 
American Orthopaedic Association  

Jamaica Gayle  
Plant Based Products Council  

Mario Guel, M. Jur. 
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders 

Marlee Honcoop, CNP 

Natalie Hughes  
American Association of Endodontists  

Crystal Kaminski, M.A. 
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons  

Toni Kervina, MS 
American Society for Nondestructive Testing  

Andrea King, MBA 
Society of Surgical Oncology  

Kate Lindley, MSN, RN, CHSOS, CHSE 
American Academy of Pediatrics  

Krzys Litewka, CNP 
American Society of Anesthesiologists  

Guilherme Lopes, MBA  

Cory Martin, MPA, CAE 
Mission Control  

Jessica McClain, CPA/CITP, CISA, PMP, CGFM 
Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital 

Bailey McMurray, IOM, MAOL 
Illinois College of Emergency Physicians  

Jen Mehltretter, M.Ed. 
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science  

Patrick Nolan, FSA, MAAA 
Society of Actuaries  

Amanda E. Plummer, Esq., CAE 
Society of Critical Care Medicine  

Erica Poff, PMP, CAE, IOM 
ARMA International 

Michelle Runge, MA, CAE 
American Inns of Court  

Alicia Schuessler, CAE 
Executive Director, Inc.  

Laura Shelters, MS. Ed. 
American Association for Study of Liver Disease  

Emily Thompson, CMP 
American Epilepsy Society  

April Tone, MBA, CAE 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers 

Benjamin van Loon, MA 
Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate  

Laura Vera, MSW, LSW, LSSGB 
American Academy of Dermatology 

Celia Zamora, Ph.D., CAE 
ACTFL, Language Connects 

Diane Ziegenhorn, PT, DPT, MHA 
American Society of Anesthesiologists  

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